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Thu, Jul 2 2020 1:12 AM by craigswan. 8,869 replies.
  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Sat, Mar 31 2018 8:35 AM

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  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Sat, Mar 31 2018 8:36 AM

    fixed

  • HittyHard British Indian Ocean Territory
    775 Posts
    Sat, Mar 31 2018 12:31 PM

    ......and you got your 10K posts!

    Bit of duplication recently, but still very good work.

    Nicely done Craig.

    Gary.

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Sat, Mar 31 2018 12:37 PM

    yes .

    Not my best effort .

    I am slowing down now .

    I had a plan .

    But thanks .

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Sat, Mar 31 2018 12:56 PM

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  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Sun, Apr 1 2018 3:01 AM

    Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.

    Origins

    Nobody knows precisely when the sport called “golf” started, as ball and stick games seem to be a constant throughout human history. The Dutch played kolf, which began in the 14th century and involves hitting a ball against a post in the ground. In the French version, jeu de mail, the ball was hit through hoops using a hammer. In England it was called palle maille, (which is how the London street Pall Mall got its name) and ultimately evolved into croquet.

    But it was the Scots who really deserve the credit. Sometime in the 15th century, Scottish merchants brought the Dutch kolf craze home to St Andrews and adopted it as their own by making the target a hole in the ground.

    The first mention of “golf” was in a 1457 act making it illegal. James II of Scotland banned golf and football and suggested people spend their time practising archery instead, as this might be of some defensive help to the country.

    The ban was reinforced by James III in 1471, and again by James IV in 1491. This royal dislike for the game obviously faded, as the first recorded female golfer was Mary Queen of Scots.

    Lingo

    “Links” comes from the Old English hlinc meaning raised or ridged ground. A birdie is a score of one under par – and the birds grow rarer as the score improves: an eagle is two under par, an albatross three under, while four under par is unofficially known as a condor. Scoring a condor – a hole-in-one on a par five hole – is almost unheard of. There are only four reported occurrences: the most recent of which was hit by 16-year-old Jack Bartlett at the Royal Wentworth Falls Country Club in New South Wales, Australia in 2007.

    The odds of hitting two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to one.

    Rules

    The oldest known rules of golf were written in 1744 by an Edinburgh Golf Club – in the original rules you had to tee off within a club’s length of the hole. The Richmond Golf Club drafted additional rules during the Second World War, so players would know what to do if bombs were dropped mid-game. These duties included collecting any shrapnel (as it could damage the lawnmowers) and being allowed to take cover during gunfire or bombings and replace a ball displaced by enemy action without penalty.

    Balls

    Early golf balls used to be filled with feathers. These would be stuffed into a leather case with an iron rod and a ball-maker could produce 50 to 60 in a week. In the 1840s, golf balls began to be made out of gutta percha (a form of natural rubber). These were cheaper and more hard-wearing than the feathered version but meant golf clubs became heavier and did more damage to the grounds.

    Woodrow Wilson had his golf balls painted black so he could still play when it snowed..

     Gear I

    There were no golf bags until the 1890s – before then caddies simply tied a strap around the clubs. The first golf tees were piles of sand. Moulds to make the mound soon appeared which were followed by celluloid tees in 1900.

    Golf holes are always 4¼in wide, and have been since 1891. This is because The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R & A) wrote the rule book, and their holecutter had those measurements. Before the advent of the cutter, golf holes were just dug with trowels.

    Gear II

    The oft remarked-upon garishness of golfing outfits dates back to the 18th century when players wore red jackets for the game. Clubs took attire seriously and you could be fined if you weren’t wearing the right outfit.

    In 1960, South African golfer Gary Player wore a pair of trousers with one black leg and one white leg to the Open Championship in St Andrews to protest against Apartheid.

    Plus-fours contain four inches more material than regular knee-length trousers; you can also get shorter plus-twos and longer plus-eights..

     Extreme golf

    The Green Zone Golf Club is located on the border of Finland and Sweden: half the holes are in one country and half in the other. South Africa’s Legend Golf and Safari Resort has a tee which is 1,300ft up a mountain. The green is far below, at ground level, but if you make a hole-in-one you win $1,000,000. 

     

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Mon, Apr 2 2018 1:36 PM

    Starter balls .

    100 balls for 10 cents .

    99% of us can afford that .

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Mon, Apr 2 2018 1:50 PM

    IRISH GHOST STORY This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s true.

    John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.

    The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.

    Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped.

    John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door…

    Only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on.

    The car started moving slowly.

    John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching.

    Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.

    Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel.

    John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.

    Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to it…

    Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.

    A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying… and wasn’t drunk.

    Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night.

    They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath.

    Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other…

    ‘Look Paddy… there’s that fooking idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!!!!’

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Mon, Apr 2 2018 1:54 PM

    John O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s
    to spending the rest of me Life, between the legs
    of me wife !”

    That won him the top prize at the pub for the best
    toast of the night !

    He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the
    prize for the Best toast of The night.”

    She said, “Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?”
    John said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me
    life, sitting in church beside me wife.”

    “Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!” Mary said.

    The next day, Mary ran into one of John’s drinking
    buddies on the street Corner. The man chuckled
    leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other
    night at The pub with a toast about you, Mary.”

    She said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a bit
    surprised myself. You know, he’s only been in
    there twice in the last four years. “Once I had to pull him by
    the ears to make him come, and the other time he fell
    asleep”.

  • craigswan United Kingdom
    16,735 Posts
    Mon, Apr 2 2018 1:56 PM

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